Children love trampolines. Okay, let’s be honest and say that most adults love trampolines too. It can be good fun to spend some time on a large trampoline jumping around with your kids. Maybe even better is the fun had while going to a local trampoline gym so you can really stretch out and leverage the space.
Every single time we take a big explosive jump on a trampoline our action is giving evidence to our belief in that trampoline. Most of our actions are actually an indicator of HUGE confidence in that trampoline. If we believed we could possibly find ourselves ripping through the bottom of a trampoline then we would not be trying all of those creative jumps or child catapults that we so enthusiastically enjoy.
Our actions on the trampoline are a significant indicator of our belief in the safety and dependability of that trampoline. Our prayer lives are a significant indicator of our beliefs about our God – His power, grace, sovereignty, and so much more.
Belief is something that can be easy to talk about but very difficult to practice. Belief is often misunderstood as purely intellectual while in reality it is extremely practical. It is belief that lead us to jump on the trampoline and it is that same belief that also leads us to trust our children’s safety to it.
What are your beliefs about our God as evidenced through your prayer life?
Do you believe that He is a relational God who desires deeply to establish an intimate relationship with you? Do you believe He is healer, provider, and protector? Do you believe He is a God of forgiveness and grace? If we stopped at merely asking those questions this would be an easy exercise. We must not stop there. The real question is whether we find our belief in these questions demonstrated through our prayer life?
My goal today is not to lead us to a specific diagnosis and corresponding prescription. My hope is that we might just authentically wrestle with the question.
As demonstrated in and through your prayer life, what do you truly believe about God? Do you find any gaps between what you say you believe and the way you pray?